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Modern Painters release rich, dreamy eponymous debut

For many bands just starting out, the first album is viewed as an experiment with a questionable final product, or a nervous test drive with challenges at every juncture. In the case of Jamaica Plains’ folk-indie group Modern Painters, the confidence, sincerity, and precision in their self-titled debut is not unlike a veteran band with several good albums under their belt. Lead singer Gabe Goodman sits soundly on top of the crisply produced album, echoing the sounds of  Andrew Bird’s vocal talent and Father John Misty’s storytelling. At its peak intensity, Modern Painters mirrors the exciting points of Arcade Fire’s first EP, while their softer dynamics resemble the gentle cruise of Real Estate’s soft rock. Check out the album below, or on Spotify. -Charley Ruddell





Folk duo Gentle Temper premiere endearing live EP, “Sleep It Off”

Gentle Temper, a self-described “Ocean Folk” duo comprised of guitarist/vocalist Ryan Meier and bassist/vocalist Marion Earley, have released Sleep It Off, a charming documentary/live EP that captures the songwriters performing live in the studio, and follows them through the streets of Boston with a series of short interviews. Between elegant performances of the harmony laced “Mouthful of Saltwater” and the earnest, smokey folk of “Heavy Handed”, Meier and Earley describe how they met, their creative process, and their interpretation of Ocean Folk, ultimately concluding Sleep It Off with a spirited performance of the epic “Sunnyside.” Check out the video below. -Charley Ruddell





Service release brash, expansive EP “CHARM”

Experimental-noise newcomers Service have released an aggressive debut EP, cheekily titled CHARM. The Boston quartet covers plenty of ground in the three track release, shifting from assertive punk dudes to meandering noise-heads by opening up tight, mathy structures into longform explorations. Though the momentum of CHARM dips from intensely focused to wayward abstraction, the volume is always up to 10, and there’s a great deal of integrity behind every note. Check out Service on December 17th at Deep Thoughts in Jamaica Plain, doors at 8pm. -Charley Ruddell





The Max Tribe perform last Boston show, prepare move to west coast

Last night at the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, MA, psych blues quartet The Max Tribe performed their last foreseeable Northeast show amidst preparation of a cross country leap to Los Angeles, opening for the Hudson Valley’s Breakfast for the Boys. Fronted by Nashville native Austin Max, the band has been described as a blend of psych, blues, and rock and roll, drawing comparisons to The Black Keys, Cage The Elephant, and The White Stripes. In August 2017, the band embarked on a midwest/northeast tour in support of their full length debut, Retrofit. You can stream the album below. -Charley Ruddell





Birthing Hips get meta and weird in “Internet” music video

Noise-punk quartet Birthing Hips bamboozled the Boston underground music scene in October by announcing a tape release show that would act as their final live performance. Birthing Hips gained notoriety in the DIY music circuit for their chaotic live performances and quirky charm, winning over fans of hardcore, indie rock, noise-punk, and avant-garde. Last week, the band released an obscurely jarring music video for the song “Internet”, off of their newest album Urge to Merge, released digitally on November 17th. Check out the video below. -Charley Ruddell

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